My Beer Friends,
TK’s Beer & Wine in Tifton, Georgia, has been a virtual oasis for local beer enthusiasts for almost two years now. Troy (the owner) runs the store with a few employees and has done a fantastic job advocating for his customers and doing his best to have good craft beer available.
Adding to this awesomeness, I am proud to announce that Troy has expanded the store to include twenty taps from which he can fill your quart or half-gallon growler. Yes, you read that correctly: 20 taps. For growlers. In Tifton. It’s true.
A little about growlers: the word growler dates back to the 1800s when customers of the local tavern would buy beer to-go and take it home in a covered pail. As they walked home with the pail they’d inevitably shake it, causing the CO2 to escape (like shaking a bottle of soda). The lid would gurgle as the gas forced it open a bit, sometimes sounding like a growl. Growlers today are typically 32-, 64-, or 128-ounce containers, commonly made of glass and used to package draught beer at a brewer or retailer for consumption at home. Georgia state law has only allowed growlers for a couple of years now, and only from retail establishments.
Our local availability of take-home draught craft beer has many benefits. For starters, TK’s is the only retailer refilling growlers within a 90-mile radius. Second, not all small craft breweries have a packaging line (read: bottles and cans) limiting their availability only to restaurants and bars who can serve beer on tap. Before Georgia allowed growlers, there were many craft beers you could only find on tap and you couldn’t take it home. Now you can.
There are some seasonal and other limited-quantity beers that even the larger craft breweries don’t put in bottles or cans – they release it only in kegs. With the ability to get a quantity of draught beer to take home, we can experience so much more of what the craft beer industry has to offer.
And since draught beer packaged this way is in larger quantities, the product moves faster – this equates to fresher beer, which is closer to what the brewer wants you to experience. Bottles and cans can sit on the shelf for months, which is not always a good thing. Draught beer will move faster and be replaced by other fresh beer much sooner.
TK’s has some breweries’ year-round offerings (e.g. Brooklyn Lager, Sam Adams Boston Lager), and limited seasonals from well-known and upcoming brewers (Dogfish Head Punkin, Founders Rubæus). Check out TK’s Facebook page for updates on what they have available, or call them! Prices vary based on quantity. Currently they can fill your 32-ounce and 64-ounce growlers, or you can buy one of theirs for $7.99 (plus the price of the beer). Re-fill anytime!
Whatever you do, go check it out if you’re in the area or just passing through. TK’s also has a decent walk-in cooler with a wide variety of craft beers available. Go take a look!